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MLB Says "NO" to Nationals Tribute to Military

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  • MLB Says "NO" to Nationals Tribute to Military

    from ThePostGame via Yahoo! Sports:
    MLB's Controversial Decision To Stop Nats From Wearing Military Tribute Hats

    The Washington Nationals, who play their home games just down the street from the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, wanted to wear special hats with military insignias during their game with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. This was the Nats' first home game since 30 soldiers riding in a helicopter were killed in Afghanistan on August 6th. But Commissioner Bud Selig's top executives stopped it from happening.

    I have a pet peeve of players (and managers and coaches, I'm looking at you Terry Francona) wearing their uniforms properly. I know there is a rule about uniforms and such but special permission can be granted in certain cases.

    Didn't some of the Mets wear FDNY/ NYPD/ PAPD hats for the remainder of the 2001 season after September 11th despite being fined?

    I'm not sure what the deal is here.
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  • #2
    the FDNY/NYPD don't engage themselves in wars, just policing and putting out fires and the occasion grabbing a cat from a tree routine.

    I agree with the movement, why show support of a war we have no part in?


    • #3
      Because whether we agree with the war or not, we should still support our troops. Our troops should never lose our support.


      • #4
        Originally posted by quagmire View Post
        Because whether we agree with the war or not, we should still support our troops. Our troops should never lose our support.
        when has America ever been supportive of it's soldiers? ask Vietnam vets, who didn't CHOOSE to even go


        • #5
          I agree with MLBs decision. I think they were probably looking at their Uniform policies and whatever contracts the Nationals have with their uniform suppliers.

          It seems to me that most of MLBs attempt to show so some patriotism fall flat and that this is no exception. I think that professional athletes wanting to wear military insignia trivializes rather than supports the troops.


          • #6
            Originally posted by quagmire View Post
            Because whether we agree with the war or not, we should still support our troops.
            OK, but 1st tell me what that means. What does it mean to "support the troops"?

            Military hats are for the military, not for baseball players.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by doctor_gogol View Post
              OK, but 1st tell me what that means. What does it mean to "support the troops"?

              Military hats are for the military, not for baseball players.
              I would really hate to see those hats turn in MLB gift shops.


              • #8
                If they cant wear those, why not just wear the Memorial Day/4th of July hats?
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                • #9
                  Last edited by CandlestickBum; 08-19-2011, 11:54 PM.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Allie Fox View Post
                    Didn't some of the Mets wear FDNY/ NYPD/ PAPD hats for the remainder of the 2001 season after September 11th despite being fined?


                    But that's just it... MLB can say "no" and it's up to the team and/or players to follow that decision. If they don't, they could expect penalties. They can still physically do it, just understand that there might be consequences.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Blackout View Post
                      ask Vietnam vets, who didn't CHOOSE to even go
                      Some did; some didn't. What makes you think the US had no military and everybody had to be drafted?


                      • #12
                        I'm thinking that any alternative uniforms/caps/helmets would have to still be "official" MLB uniforms, which probably means they would still need to have some team identification and some some MLB logo incorporated into the articles of clothing. This would require a whole redesign of the retail available military caps. Even the Padres camouflage (mentioned in the article) incorporate Padres and MLB identification. They are unique to MLB.

                        I also wonder if MLB would be wary about just 1 team sporting military caps. It could suggest to some people that the other teams did not support the military. It could be a PR thing.
                        Last edited by dgarza; 08-20-2011, 01:14 PM.


                        • #13
                          I think we all "support the troops", whether we agree with the war or not. But MLB teams wearing military hats is inevitably going to start political arguments, and I for one don't want them to go there. Baseball should be a politics-free zone. I would exempt the 2001 Mets from this, I completely support their decision to wear the FDNY hats after 9/11, but not this latest ploy. As Ed mentioned, they would probably sell the damned things online and in the gift shop.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Imgran View Post
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                              So Ingram, a reasonable person would then recogize that MLB is likely distinguishing the difference between regular, official alternate jerserys, and a one time "special tribute" caps. I would expect special tribute caps for Teachers, nurses, ER workers, cute kittens and pretty little ponies would also be turned down.